Megan Haas - Aural History
Megan asked me to "quickly" record a bunch of
songs. So, we sat around and drank wine a few times, and this
is what we did. I love Megan's unique, soothing voice, and
since she knew just what she wanted it was really fun. For
techno heads, the whole thing was recorded with two SM57s
on a laptop--Mark Nichols
©2004 Produced by Megan Haas and
Mark Nichols. Megan - guitar and vocals, Mark - guitar, vocals,
bottles, scissors, bass etc....
"This cd was originally intended
as a present for my two nephews, Simon and Nate. I wanted
them to hear me singing lullabies to them on a regular basis.
With Mark's remarkable technical expertise and creativity
I was able to expand upon the original concept and to choose
songs that recreated the atmosphere of many simple, perfect
moments in the company of wonderful friends and great musicians
throughout my life, so far. This project was recorded in Mark's
living room in four 5 hr. recording sessions from Nov 03 to
Nov 04."--Megan Haas
Someone - Gillian Welch-This is an amazing example of
a modern lullabye that could have been written 100 years ago.
The backup vocals are by Mark Nichols (Drunken Plastic Cactus
got a Father - American Trad. Jean Ritchi
My father was out of contact for ten years, and we had finally
started to correspond again a few years ago, when he suddenly
died. This song is originally titled 'I've got a Mother' but
I changed it for this recording. The duet is a tribute to
Bruce Green and Loy McWhirter's version of the same song.
Across Texas - Earnest Tubb-I learned this song when I
was 17 years old, from Duff Dorough, an old Mississippi, minstrel.
If someone hands me a guitar, this is what I usually end up
Bird - Michael Ondaatje/Mark Nichols This song is from
Works of Billy the Kid.' It was written by the novelist
Michael Ondaatje, who then asked Mark to write the music for
it. Just another gem that Mark pulled out of his past after
dinner one night.
Skip To My
Lou -Trad. I heard this old standard on an ancient radio
in the middle of the woods, after an all-night conversation
at the Oregon Country Fair. I was struck by the eerie quality
of the young girl's voices, the adult implications of such
a childish song, and I was reminded sharply of the freedom
that comes from loss. I wanted to recreate the song on this
cd, not the way I heard it but the way that I felt when I
Back - The Everly Brothers. I learned this slow sweet
version from Ian Moore,
an amazing singer/songwriter who now lives in Seattle. I don't
usually sing songs about lost love, but I made an exception
in the case of 'Walk Right Back' because it is so defiant
yet also so sweet. Recently I realized that this song could
also be sung in the context of someone who is dead.
Fly Away Baby
- Anon. A woman who was going through an old trunk in the
attic found a piece of paper on which her mother had written
one line about each of her nine children. The woman put it
to music, and eventually taught the song she created to the
woman I learned it from.
Down -Trad I heard this song on a lazy, summer day at
an outdoor jam session in a beautiful, Pine Forest in Cape
Cod. It was sung by five women, each playing a banjo and singing
softly and in the sweetest harmony. I was fortunate enough
to get one of them to teach this song to me, and I have since
taught it to many others. Being in my early teens, I was so
struck by the independent theme.
- I learned this from my friend, Loy McWhirter, illustrator
of the Rise Up Singing Songbook, and wife of the fiddle player,
Bruce Greene. Most of my favorite songs are about birth and
If you'd like a copy of this music
on CD email megan @ firstname.lastname@example.org
and she'll more than likely burn you one for free.
*And, no I'm not one of the masked
creatures on the CD picture. They are Megan and Marie Ruben.
Photo (c) 2004 Rosanne Olson